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High Fashion Garage Sale

Vogue reports:
DONNA KARAN plans to auction off more than 2,000 of her belongings, gathered over 35 years, for charity, in a huge warehouse sale. In among these are shoes, handbags, jewellery and racks of couture gowns that the designer has been hoarding over the years. The sale, on March 14 and 15 at the Stephen Weiss Studio on Greenwich Street, will raise money for Karan's Urban Zen program - an initiative the designer started last year to raise awareness for the causes dear to her heart. Karan told WWD that the clothes, collected from "all over the world," were getting "out of control" and that down-sizing is something she plans to do every year from now on. Some of the pieces up for grabs include a black gown with white cuffs worn by Barbra Streisand, pieces from her first collection and some vintage items she has been inspired by over the years. (March 3 2008, AM) Ally Pyle

First off all this would be a wonderful thing to go to - if you are lucky enough to do so, drop me a line and let us all know how it went! How much fun would it be to see what a designer has accumulated as her inspiration? When you are talented enough to create exactly what your vision is of the "perfect" dress or outfit, don't you think it would be fascinating to see what items catch her eye? I think even her cast-offs would be pretty fabulous.

Second, from a purely vintage dealer point of view, I always find it utterly fascinating that all great designers (and often the best dressed women on the planet too), that they all are vintage collectors. If you, like moi, read Vogue cover to cover every month, or Harpers or Elle, I defy you not to find at least one reference to vintage in every issue every month. If you have a closet full of designer frocks, it is almost inevitable that you have some superb vintage pieces mixed in. I think that when you get to the point in your life where you can afford the truly great labels, you have also gotten to a point where your aesthetic only accepts a certain level of craftsmanship and quality. There is something about wearing a garment that is cut just so, that is made of a fabric that you can get lost in just because, that you know you feel fabulous in every time as it is just right, on you and for you. When you get to that stage it is natural to yearn for truly great vintage pieces. There is no comparison to the time and effort put into making that great garments of the past. The price points that new garments would have to be at (and are) are way out of reach for most of us, but a couture vintage piece can be had at a fraction of the cost. So when I read that a great designer collects vintage as inspiration or some woman who has the money to buy any garment in the world she chooses, collects vintage I know that it is not just ME who recognizes that vintage is special. that a great vintage piece is sometimes the very best thing you own. Even if you have the talent to make your own pieces and do it so very, very well.

For some odd reason that just makes me feel happy

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